We covered Falwell’s “grow a pair” tweet here. And then we did a post on his decision to delete the tweet. But amid all the discussion, I missed an important part of this story. Here is a taste of a Washington Times piece on the controversy:
Mr. Falwell deleted the tweet after people complained about its crudeness. He later responded to critics by clarifying that he is not a spiritual leader.
“You’re putting your ignorance on display. I have never been a minister. UVA-trained lawyer and commercial real estate developer for 20 yrs,” he wrote. “Univ president for last 12 years-student body tripled to 100000+/endowment from 0 to $2 billion and $1.6B new construction in those 12 years
“The faculty, students and campus pastor @davidnasser of @LibertyU are the ones who keep LU strong spiritually as the best Christian univ in the world,” he added. “While I am proud to be a conservative Christian, my job is to keep LU successful academically, financially and in athletics.”
Interesting. It almost seems like Falwell is not interested in the links between Christianity and the academic, financial, and athletic “success” of Liberty University. It sounds like he is excusing his crude tweet by claiming that he is not a minister and thus not responsible for the Christian culture of Liberty. If you are a Liberty University faculty member, parent, student, or alumnus, this might be a good thing! 🙂